Running Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty) unity 3D on virtualbox 4.x

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Unity provides a complete, simple, touch-ready environment that integrations your applications and your workflow.Unity is designed for netbooks and related touch-based devices. It includes a new panel and application launcher that makes it fast and easy to access preferred applications, such as the browser, while removing screen elements that are rarely used in mobile and netbook computing.

Unity has a vertical task management panel on the left-hand side and a menu panel at the top of the screen. Using a sidebar for task management conserves vertical screen space, which is much more valuable on a widescreen netbook. The task panel displays icons for commonly-used applications and programs that are currently running. Clicking on an icon will give the target application focus if it is already running or launch it if it is not already running. If you click the icon of an application that already has focus, Unity will activate an Expose-style view of all the open windows associated with that application.

Procedure to follow

1) Download and install virtualbox 4.x from here

2) Now you need to create new vitual machine after that open VM go to settings and click on display check "Enable 3D Acceleration" option

3) Download ubuntu 11.04 latest from here and install ubuntu 11.04

After completing the ubuntu 11.04 installation you need to install Virtualbox guest additions for this you need to click on Devices-->Installguest additions this wll start a script so you need to run this script when it is done close the terminal and restart yourubuntu 11.04 virtual machine.

Now your unity should be working and i am giving my unity screenshot under virtualbox as follows

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15 Responses

  1. thamiziniyan says:

    Is natty come with libre office? or did u install it? 🙂

  2. admin says:

    Natty comes with libre office by default

  3. ? says:

    and what about livecd session on virtual box? is there possible to have unity?

  4. sanderd17 says:

    @? Why would you use a livecd session in virtualbox? You can remove the OS without problems.

    But I guess that unity will not work in a live CD environment, because you need to install those packages and reboot (or at least logout and login back). This is not possible in a live cd environment because it will not save the configurations.

  5. t0m5k1 says:

    “Unity is designed for netbooks and related touch-based devices.”

    Yes it is so why the hell are they dumping this into their desktop edition!

  6. Satya says:

    By default, the vertical task management panel of the unity auto hides itself when you maximise an application. So it’s not wasting any valuable screen space.

  7. Damian Varyanaddy says:

    is there any different of system requirement on this version ?

  8. Karel says:

    I installed Ubuntu 10.10 on my Acer Aspire Z5763 and it worked perfectly. Upgraded it to 11.04 and it did not even start.

    Will try 11.04 in a Virtualbox.

  9. Guido Rolon says:

    I trying to review what the hell is Unity under Ubuntu Linux 10.04/VirtualBox 4, i follow this procedure, still dont know what is unity like

  10. dan says:

    WTF???? 11.04 no longer allows you to see running apps?????? who’s the idiot that thought of that??? now I’m stuck having to downgrade back. Windows here I come!

  11. frank says:

    Yep, same problem here. Using VirtualBox running 10.10 on a vm, and after upgrading to 11.04, the machine won’t start. Is it because this version is designed a touch screen device?

  12. frank says:

    Actually VirtualBox says the machine is running, but I can’t get to the Ubuntu desktop to install guest additions, access terminal, etc.

  13. Adams says:

    Hi, I installed VirtualBox, then Ubuntu 11.04. The first time you logged in it said that the Unity was disabled. I installed Virtualbox guest additions, and rebooted the machine, but the unity did not appear.

    Is there someplace I can try to force its use?

  14. JAY says:

    I followed the steps exactly and I ran the “VBOXADDITIONS_4.0.10_72479” – unfortunately unity was not enabled. When I searched for it on my drive I found all the unity files, but I just can’t get it to enable.

    Any ideas?

  15. MF says:

    What about if all enabled and installed, but 3D not appear? glxinfo say that no 3d extention for video.

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